March 13, 2007
METAIRIE, La. - Senior right-hander Matt Goebel scattered four hits over 6.0 scoreless innings and senior closer Daniel Latham picked up his fifth save of the year with a perfect ninth as the Tulane University baseball team defeated cross-town foe UNO in game one of the 2007 WOW Café & Wingery Cup, 2-0, Tuesday evening at Zephyr Field.
The Green Wave out-hit the Privateers, 6-5, including a pair of hits by senior first baseman Tim Guidry and sophomore left fielder Anthony Scelfo. Tulane also drew six walks and found ways to manufacture runs with four sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly.
With the win, Tulane snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 13-6 on the year. The victory also extended the Green Wave's winning streak over the Privateers to seven games. UNO, meanwhile, fell to 13-6.
"(Goebel) is showing us whey he was the ace as a freshman five years ago during the first half of the season," Tulane head coach Rick Jones said. "His breaking ball tonight was really good, but the thing I really liked about it was in the fifth and sixth when he really started running his fastball in there.
Goebel (3-0) got off to a bit of a rough start as he walked UNO centerfielder Brandon Bowser to open the game and gave up a single to third baseman T.J. Baxter in the ensuing at-bat. From there, however, he got three-hole hitter Johnny Giavotella to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play and struck out catcher Greg Wolfe to set the tone for the rest of the day.
He pitched way around a single and an error in the second, faced the minimum over the next three innings and allowed just a single in the sixth before giving way to the bullpen.
Freshman right-hander Preston Claiborne struck out three runners over the next two innings, and Latham got a groundout, strikeout and can-of-corn fly ball in the ninth to clinch the victory.
The Green Wave offense gave Goebel an early lead as sophomore centerfielder Aja Barto - who was moved into the leadoff spot for the first time in his career on Tuesday - walked, advanced the bases on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Cat Everett, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left of the bat of junior second baseman Brad Emaus.
The only other run to score during the contest came in the fourth when Guidry hit a one-out single to right central, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single by Scelfo.
"I wasn't as sharp early on as I had been, but my defense picked me up and I was kind of able to get into a rhythm," Goebel said. "Today was more about pounding the strike zone and getting ground balls and letting the defense work for me."
"(UNO) can really swing it. With the way the wind was blowing out today, I knew my sinker was going to be key. I was going to need to keep the ball down and get a lot of ground balls. It worked out for us and the infield did a good job behind me."
UNO starter Stephen Whalen (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing both runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three in 4.0 innings. Matt McKissick, David Burch, Matt Wagner and Alan Campbell all pitched well for the Privateers out of the bullpen, but UNO's offense had just one runner get as far as third base - and that came in the first inning.
The Green Wave return to action on Friday, March 16, when they open a three-game series against Siena at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. Tulane and Siena will battle again on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon.
For ticket information to this weeknd's games, as well as future Green Wave athletic events, please contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Zephyr Field Ticket Office is located on the third-base side of stadium and will open approximately two hours before first pitch for each Tulane home game.